At the Business Software Alliance's CTO Forum in Washington, D.C., this week, the country's chief technology officer and chief information officer will gather with executives from Microsoft, IBM, Dell and other BSA members to discuss how federal agencies can best take advantage of cloud computing.
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The government's goal is to use the cloud to cut costs, improve security and also improve performance. While helping the government address these issues, the BSA also wants to focus on the following, according to InformationWeek:
an unbiased procurement policy for cloud computing solutions; a collaborative standard-setting process for making decisions on cloud technology; and the privacy and security of federal data in the cloud.
BSA CEO Robert Holleyman calls the federal government "a receptive audience" when it comes to cloud computing. He said, "[T]his is a critical time and this is a sharing of ideas, best practices and understanding the federal government needs."
InformationWeek writer Elizabeth Montalbano points out that though the government has been rather slow to adopt cloud computing across agencies, it has recently moved Recovery.gov to Amazon's infrastructure-as-a-service platform.